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development and real estate and i think again it takes tremendous amount of teamwork to make these things happen. and i think again, that is my message to thank everybody. thank you very much. (applause) >> i'd like to also point out former commissioner fx crowley who is here, thank you president for your kind remarks. now, the mayor mentioned this wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of the voters of san francisco in approving the first general obligation bond that had something in it for the port. and leading the charge on that was our very own general manager of rec and park phil ginsburg joined with the president of the rec and park commission mark beale. (applause) >> good afternoon, everybody. it's such a pleasure to join monique and our port commissioners and the mayor and port staff and the department of public works celebrating this incredible investment in the port, which is such a
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significant part of our treasured open space portfolio in san francisco. but most of all, mark beale and i are here to thank the community, to thank all of you for supporting park bonds, the 2008 clean and safe neighborhoods park bonds provided almost all of the $10 million of investment in where we are standing today. and thanks to the 72% of san franciscans that voted yes in november of '12, we have another couple million dollars that will work on a little ways down the south area. you can see it. we'll be able to renovate the next piece of this incredible vista and open space. so, we just want to celebrate our tremendous sister agency. here's to open space and here's to recreation and here's to vistas and congrats, everybody. thank you. (applause) >> thank you very much, phil. now, keep an eye out behind me. the vessel has been out of
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range. before you get too much of their competitive advantage. also i notice the fire boat is going to be coming in to help us celebrate shortly. but next i would like to introduce to you our former port commissioner president of the department of city planning's commission, president of the wachs museum here in fisherman's wharf, a fourth generation san franciscan, somebody who grew up here in fisherman's wharf, please welcome rodney fong. [cheering and applauding] >> thank you. thank you, monique. you know what, how many fisherman's wharf people are here? raise your hands. so, everyone is very excited here. but i think for all of us, we have to be extremely excited because we -- i can't think of a better word. we actually have a new front yard here at fisherman's wharf, a place to gather to have music, a place to celebrate things. for millions of people who come to the wharf every years, they'll have the ability to enjoy the spot. i'm looking at dan.
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from your pencil drawing is what this space can be and working with rec and park to fix that idea. congratulations to you and all the port staff. monique, thank you, measuring engineering staff, you guys got a lot done. this is an exciting day for everybody in san francisco. extremely exciting day for folks at fisherman's wharf. i thank the mayor. we will use this well. thank you. >> all right. (applause) >> thank you very much, president fong. our last speaker is one of our best partners in san francisco. he represents the department of public works. he is the city engineer. without the department of public works, cruise terminal project at piers 27-29 would not be possible. they are probably working on about 40 projects with us right now. we are very much in their debt. and to say a few words, please help me welcome, rod, city engineer. (applause) >> give us $4 million and we'll
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show you how fast we can spend it. [laughter] >> this is how much we spent on this project since october of this year, in the last 2, 2-1/2 months. so, back in september monique and i sat and discussed this project and we agreed to set a very aggressive deadline, which is completing this project before thanksgiving and opening the promenade to hundreds and thousands of people to enjoy during the holidays. so, this is what -- the result is what you see today. we managed to do this through sound project management with strong collaboration between port and dpw and through the -- using two procedures, that's our mayor has been promoting for the last 12 months. one is broadening of construction projects and the second is prompt payment. so, when we started in early october, we gathered the entire project team. the contractor his subs, suppliers, the port staff, the consultants, dpw and we agreed
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on a plan to move forward. we agreed on the deadline and on a weekly basis, we met to hash out every single detail so we can meet this deadline. the contractor told us if you want to move fast, you need to pay us fast. instead of the 230 day city policy that we use on other projects, on this project we managed to pay the contractor within five days. so, and like i said, this is what you see, you know, today. i want to thank mayor ed lee for his vision and leadership and for his directive to make the partnering on construction projects and prompt payments and to make it much, much easier for small and large contractors to do business in the city. i want to thank monique and the port for their confidence in public works and for the strong relationship and partnership that we forged through completing this project. i'd like to acknowledge the
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hard work of vortex, [speaker not understood], john miller and alex with vortex. i'd like to thank matt hughey with [speaker not understood], and i'd like to especially thank my public works team, ray louie, laura lombardi, [speaker not understood], and tim o'sullivan. with them i can tackle the most complex project in san francisco. thank you all. (applause) >> so, as you enjoy this space, first of all, please come back. bring your families. bring your friends. we're proud to have another new space for all of the residents and our favorite dogs who walk along here, as well as the many visitors. as you've heard mentioned today, it has taken a huge community of people to get this done. i'm very pleased to see representatives of the fisherman's wharf community benefit district, the fisherman's wharf restaurant association, all three of our
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ferry excursion operators, red and white, blue and gold horn blower, colleagues from the u.s. coast guard, [speaker not understood] colleague, many of the restaurateurs, hoteliers, could you bev, i could go on and on and on. * council i do want to say a very special thank you, though, to the fisherman's wharf group who spent years and years and years thinking about what this might be, which included our very own ann and many of our port staff. it also included the late port commissioner sue beer man, commissioner denise mccarthy, and members of our planning, engineering, and maintenance crews have all had a part in this as well as our real estate and finance division, as mentioned the bond was a city-wide effort. the permitting process was a federal, state and local effort. and, of course, we had just a fabulous cadre of consultants, [speaker not understood], vortex, [speaker not
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understood], and m.h. construction. and then of course our friends at dpw. so, please give yourselves all a great round of applause. (applause) >> and thanks, and keep pushing along with us. it make take us decades, but it's long worth the wait. and to celebrate that we are going to cut the ribbon and the three performers, there they are, are going to perform for us. so, i hope you will stick around for that. only in san francisco treat and a little vision accompaniment from our favor fire boat. so, thank you all very much. please, please, enjoy this day. thank you. (applause) >> all right, 3 2,, 1, go. [cheering and applauding]
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